The best albums of 2015

This is my compiled list of the 10 best albums of the year, as determined by me.

1.Art Angels by Grimes- It’s Claire Boucher’s pop electronic masterpiece, and should be no surprise that it’s my album of the year. Nary a misstep here with 14 instant radio friendly singles, and other than vocal contributions from Janell Monae and Aristophanes, it’s all Grimes- the artwork, the music, the production, the instruments, everything. Everyone should have this on their iPod, and Taylor Swift wishes she could have made this album. http://www.grimesmusic.com

2.Currents by Tame Impala – Australian psych rockers third full length is the ultimate ‘breaking up’ disc. Less guitar and more electronic, nevertheless trippy and sprawling. http://www.tameimpala.com

3.Set Your Lightning Fire Free by Shana Falana – New Yorker Shana brings us a stirring and solid debut full length. Echoes of PJ Harvey and Lush give it a 90’s edge. My favorite indie release and criminally underrated and ignored, pay attention to this lady. http://shanafalana.com

4.The Magic Whip by Blur- A 90’s throwback, the reunited Brit Pop band sound like they never left us. http://www.blur.co.uk/

5/6.Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry by Beach House- An embarrassment of riches, the Baltimore duo deliver 2 very different albums within two months of one another. Cherry is more spare and clean, while Stars is grimier and guitar focused. http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com

7.Instrumentals 2015 by Flying Saucer Attack- After quite some time away, the electro noise outfit delivers some long needed atmosphere. A dark and layered soundtrack. http://www.dominorecordco.com/artists/flying-saucer-attack/

8.Fading Frontier by Deerhunter- Post accident release from Bradford Cox and crew, it’s an softer, introspective pop psych dream. http://4ad.com/artists/deerhunter

9.No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney- The Portland trio make a roaring, long needed comeback. http://www.sleater-kinney.com/

10.Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper by Panda Bear- Wild acid trip from the Animal Collective band member. http://www.pbvsgr.com/

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